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The Cubs activated Soto (shoulder) from the DL today. He hit .288 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs before his deactivation a couple of weeks ago. Soto is still available in a surprising number of leagues considering his line and ability. In 60 at-bats since the break, he has batted .300 with six homers and 18 RBIs.
Shallow mixed: Acquire
Deep mixed: Acquire
Barajas is a starter again, now that Hollywood has traded for the much traveled veteran. The New York Mets had no issues dumping him because they'd like to see how Josh Thole handles duties for the rest of 2010. The right-handed Barajas has a .225-12-30 line in 249 at-bats this season.
Barajas is far from stable in the batting average department and incredibly streaky, but he might still have it in him to pound out a few dingers the rest of the way. At this stage, the BA impact might be something you can absorb, and his mark has a little room for improvement anyway. LA's lineup is better than that of the Mets.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Consider
The Fish thought this might be the year that the 23-year-old Maybin would put it together and hold down center field. He batted .225 with five homers, six steals and a 0.25 BB/K before Florida shipped him back to the minors.
Maybin's biggest obstacle in the majors is control of the strike zone. It's not an issue anywhere else; for Triple-A New Orleans, he struck out 24 times and walked 13 in 147 plate appearances. He hit .338, with four dingers, 23 RBIs and five thefts, too.
Maybin has been on fire (.382-3-17 in 82 at-bats) this month. We may be looking at another strong finish in the bigs for the talented youngster. He comes with red flags but is definitely worth the risk.
Shallow mixed: Watch
Deep mixed: Consider
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570. Follow @NicholasMinnix
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